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The Wall Street Journal (1/11, Hobson) "Health Blog" reported that some 65% of men experience incontinence after undergoing surgery for prostate cancer. Some patients opt for more surgery to correct the issue. Now, however, a paper appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that a therapy, often prescribed for women, may help relieve the problem.
The behavioral intervention consisted of four visits scheduled two weeks apart,. Men received education on their pelvic floor anatomy and learned how to do the pelvic-floor-muscle exercises. They were also advised to hold their urine stream during voiding once a day for two weeks, keep a bladder diary, avoid caffeine, and to distribute their fluid throughout the day.
After eight weeks, the researchers found that the average number of incontinence episodes dropped 55 percent, for the men in the behavioral therapy group, and down 51 percent, for men who'd had biofeedback and electrical stimulation as well as behavioral therapy. The control group had a 24 percent reduction, on average, in incontinence episodes.

Perhaps tomatoes, which is a source of selenium, and Vitamin E may prevent prostate cancer. And perhaps not! What's the latest thinking on antioxidants, like vitamin E and selenium, and prostate cancer prevention?
At least in the test tube, Vitamin E, might inhibit the growth of cancer cells. A clinical study giving men 200 mcg of selenium, or 400 IU of vitamin E, a combination of both, or a placebo showed that men taking the supplements were no less likely to have prostate cancer than those taking the placebo.
Another study that included physicians taking Vitamin E and Vitamin C found that a diagnosis of prostate cancer or cancer in general was just as common among people taking vitamin E or C as it was among those taking a placebo.
Bottom Line: it appears that no single agent is likely to prevent prostate cancer. My advice is that men should not take antioxidant supplements in hopes of preventing prostate cancer.

 

For men over age 50 who are going to have a PSA test for prostate cancer, ejaculation within the past two days may artificially raise PSA levels. Men should be aware of the time of their last ejaculation and tell their doctors the last time they had an ejaculation in case results are high. Finally, while the digital rectal exam or other aspects of a prostate exam shouldn't interfere with PSA levels, I suggest that blood be drawn before the rectal exam as a precaution.

There are nearly 30,000 deaths due to prostate cancer each year in the United States. To put that number in perspective that's half the capacity of the Super Dome in New Orleans (home to the New Orleans Saints!) However, if prostate cancer is detected early, it is curable. Recently, PSA testing has come under controversy. Researches from Sweden compared PSA screening vs. no screening and concluded that screening does, indeed, cut the deaths due to prostate cancer.

The researches concluded:
-Prostate cancer was diagnosed in 11.4% of the screening group vs. 7.2% of the control group.
-Among men with detected prostate cancer in the screening group, 78.7% were diagnosed as a result of enrolling in the study.
-Cancers were detected on average earlier in the screening group

The Bottom Line: The findings suggest the benefits of prostate cancer screening can outweigh the risks. My suggestion is that all men over age 50 should be tested annually.